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Judge Reinhold Apologizes After Dallas Airport Arrest

Reinhold apologizes to the Dallas police for "wasting their time," not doing the right thing

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    Judge Reinhold Apologizes After Dallas Airport Arrest
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    Actor Judge Reinhold apologized to the Dallas police for "wasting their time" following an arrest at Dallas Love Field Thursday afternoon for disorderly conduct.

    Dallas police said they were called to the airport by the Transportation Security Administration "regarding an individual causing a disturbance by refusing to submit to a screening at the appropriate checkpoint area."

    The 59-year-old actor’s lawyer, Dallas attorney Steve Stodghill, told The Dallas Morning News Reinhold passed through security but was stopped when his bag set off an alarm. Stodghill told DallasNews.com that when TSA agents asked to pat Reinhold down again, he questioned the procedure since he had already cleared the scanner without incident.

    Reinhold was transported to Lew Sterrett Justice Center and charged with the class C misdemeanor.

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    Reinhold's attorney released a statement Friday on behalf of the actor.

    "I have to say that the past 48 hours have been the most unusual, hair-raising and regrettable two days of my life. At best, it's a cautionary tale.

    No matter how seemingly harmless a medication can be, don't ever introduce anything into your body chemistry when you're about to travel. I was prescribed the antibiotic Cipro for a respiratory infection the night before a flight.

    Within 20 minutes of taking it I looked like I'd been bitten by Spiderman and blew up like the Macy's day parade. Thankfully, against my protest, my wife called 9-1-1. Paramedics arrived with epinephrine and super-Benadryl and took me to the hospital for observation. They gave me Zantax and Prednisone to ward off any recurrence of the reaction while in flight.

    I was calmly told that if my wife had not called 9-1-1 there was a good chance I may not have made it there.

    Rescheduled flights for the next morning. Successfully walked through the TSA scanner only to be told by a trainee that it looked like I had a mysterious shape in by backpack. This turned out to be a dense stack of DVD and CDs I ALWAYS carry without incident.

    Because of my bag I was told I had to get the pat down.

    It was then I started to argue with TSA over something I had no control over. Never a good idea.

    Two Dallas police officers came over and gave me every opportunity to keep my mouth shut. I didn't comply with the pat down or their suggestions. This led to my arrest. I knew better, I just didn't do the right thing.

    I feel especially embarrassed about self righteous indignation when I've enjoyed 30 years of support and camaraderie with law enforcement.

    I want to apologize to the Dallas police for wasting their time today. I want to acknowledge TSA's experienced agents as well as the recent influx of trainees that seem unprepared to detain people."

    Reinhold is best known for his roles in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Gremlins," the "Beverly Hills Cop" series and "Ruthless People." He is also known for his role as the "close-talker" Aaron on NBC's hit series "Seinfeld."